Who We Are

We work to keep people out of prison and to stop state executions by adhering to our mission and core values—compassion, zealous advocacy, competency, integrity, creativity, and collaboration—when representing clients. Our clients are indigent defendants charged with federal crimes ranging from drug offenses to white‐collar conspiracies and clients sentenced to death. We practice holistic defense lawyering to protect our clients’ rights and champion their humanity at every stage of the criminal case and beyond. Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee (FDSET) seeks to attract and retain a high-performing workforce to serve our clients. We seek to embrace diversities, support equity, and foster an inclusive work environment that promotes commitment, flexibility, and fairness.

The Job

We are looking for a full-time experienced financial administrator based out of the Knoxville office.


The financial administrator assists the federal defender and administrative officer in financial and budget matters. Primary areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to, financial administration, budget management and analysis, and accounting systems and controls in adherence with federal and local regulations and procedures. The financial administrator will be responsible for processing semi-monthly payroll; overseeing time reporting and leave accrual process; producing financial and other reports; implementing internal controls; and working with staff in day-to-day financial operations. Future responsibilities may include processing travel vouchers, vendor invoices, and other disbursements.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with years of experience and qualifications in accordance with the Defender Organization Classification System and the Federal Judicial Salary Plan (JSP). The current salary range is JSP 9/1 at $59,966 to JSP 12/10 at $113,047 annually.

FDSET offers a generous benefits package, which includes paid vacation and sick leave, 11+ paid holidays (annually), medical, dental, vision, life/AD&D, long-term disability, and 401K retirement. FDSET provides medical (employee-only plans), dental, vision, basic life/AD&D, and long-term disability at no monthly premium cost to employees.

A partial remote work week is available to employees after an initial probationary period.


Qualified individuals may apply by sending ALL the following materials in one combined PDF document to Sharon_Buckingham@fd.org by Wednesday, March 27, 2024.

(1)  Cover Letter

(2)  Resume

(3)  Three References

An email confirming receipt of the application materials will be sent to all applicants. Only those selected for interviews will receive further communication.


A minimum of three years of accounting experience is required. A bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, public administration, or other closely related field is desired. The ideal candidate will have an above-average skill level in QuickBooks and Excel. Experience using Paychex and a familiarity with federal financial regulations is a plus. This position demands solid accounting skills, attention to detail, strong ethics, and the ability to exercise good judgment, act with diplomacy, and maintain confidentiality. An affinity for teamwork is essential. Applicants may be required to complete a background investigation.
Job Contact
Sharon Buckingham
18656377979 Sharon_Buckingham@fd.org